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CC"-pl Tjl "XT 511 s~~y >5 For this issue, we decided to spotlight Lebanon Valley 

lllC 1 laCcS I Oil 11 VJO College graduates pursuing interesting— and often fun- 

careers. Our graduates are everywhere — deep-sea diving off 
the coast of southern Australia, or teaching skiing atop the Continental Divide in Aspen, Colo. 

Some are pursuing exotic careers without straying far from home — a former psychology 
major is director of The Falconry Experience by the Hotel Hershey, where he demonstrates 
for guests the sport of hunting with falcons. 

Our graduates have used the skills they learned at LVC in surprising ways. There's the physics 
major who used his expertise to design take-down recurve hunting bows, and then taught 
himself how to design high-end, custom Western hats, and the individualized graphic arts 
major who morphed into creating custom wedding gowns. 

Our alumni work in places ranging from Bora Bora to Scodand. They work for the 
familiar — the New England Aquarium, Colonial Williamsburg, The Franklin Institute, the 
Martin Guitar Company, the Pennsylvania Ballet — and the less familiar — Griffith Labora- 
tories, Maiden Re, International Flavors and Fragrances. 

They hold titles ranging from senior research fellow, to CEO, to ski pro. 

We had to narrow our list to 20 alumni: authors, designers, scientists, educators, per- 
formers, historians, naturalists, graduate students, and death-penalty defenders, to name 
a few. 

The graduates spodighted here represent just a small sample of the many careers a 
Lebanon Valley College liberal arts degree has enabled. We hope you enjoy reading about 
all the places our alumni have gone, and the impact they are making on our world. 


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In the midst of the difficult economic times that have challenged us all these past few months, the 
College has re-examined many of its admission and enrollment practices. 

According to U.S. News & World Reports 2010 edition of Americas Best Colleges, we are already doing 
a lot right. LVC is ranked #2 in the North in the "Great Schools, Great Prices" category. We are among 
the top three percent in the nation in our category for Average Freshman Retention Rate (meaning the 
percentage of freshman students who return for their sophomore year). 

Our overall retention actually improved by five percentage points from the fall of 2008 — when 81 
percent of our freshmen came back for their sophomore year — to 2009, when 86 percent of our fresh- 
men returned. But all that good news has not made us complacent. Last year, we offered assistance to 
struggling families in the economic downturn, helping them identify additional sources of financial aid 
so students could stay in college. 

We are determined to recruit future classes at a time when 
the total pool of potential applicants in our region is undergoing a 
decline. We want to enroll students with the quality and charac- 
ter who historically succeed at the Valley, while increasing our 
enrollment from 1,600 to 1,700 over the next few years. We are 
learning to create "signature moments" for visiting prospective 
students, letting our Valley ambassadors' personal stories about 
LVC take center stage so they can truly connect with students 
interested in attending Lebanon Valley College. 

We have launched a new web site that was brought online to 
great acclaim in August at . We will renovate and 
expand the Mund College Center. Some 40 years after its last 
major renovation, the nearly 60-year-old building is looking tired, 
particularly in comparison to our competitors' facilities. This fall, the LVC Board of Trustees agreed, 
and construction to rebuild is slated to begin in the fall of 2010 and will be completed over a two- 
year period. 

We are now showcasing our campus, students, and faculty in the best light — beginning with the 
launch of the sports web site in September 2008, continuing through fall 2009 
with the rollout of the rest of the Colleges new web site, and then on to the redesign of all admission 
publications. At the same time, our Admission Office has found new ways to reach thousands more 


potential applicants. All of these efforts seem to be paying off. As of December 2009, applications for 

fall 2010 were up 28 percent, and inquiries from prospective high school students for fall 201 1 were 

up 66 percent. 
The students who enroll will find it easy to forge a deep connection to LVC from their first day 

on campus. Some first-year students in the Class of 2013 found themselves immersed in learning 

communities that cluster students in residence 
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classes as part of our yearlong colloquium. They have the chance to bond in and out of the classroom. 
One learning community that shared a pod in the newly opened Stanson Hall met regularly with Pro- 
fessor Jeff Robbins, Ph.D., of the Religion and Philosophy Department, who is director of this years 
colloquium on technology, titled Wired. He took his group to New York City where they became so 
close, they created their own holiday card. 

Dr. Michael Green joined us in July as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. He 
has already made great strides toward improving the LVC experience for the "undeclared" or "open" 
majors. Shannon Brandt came onboard in July as the Colleges first assistant dean of student success and 
advising. She is not only overseeing the advising process for open majors, but also assisting first-year 
students with the transition to college life. 
Many of our newer programs are aimed at further engaging all LVC students. As part of our inaugural 
Distinguished Artists Series, world-renowned musicians offered master classes for 
students. Political science students took part for the second year in a three-day Eu- 
ropean Union simulation in Washington, D.C. The annual Social Justice Institutes 
trip to New York City has been transformative for the 20 students who have taken 
part for each of the last few years, as they interviewed workers at various nonprofits 
on the frontlines of issues such as racism, sexism, and classism. The Pleet-funded 
research grants for the humanities and social sciences have brought a new creativity 
to campus ( . Students and faculty collaborate on research as 
varied as alcoholism awareness and art — and those are only two of the many projects 
enabled by this generous gift. 

It would be impossible to mention all of our students* successes in national and 
regional academic competitions and conferences. However, I must highlight three 
special achievements. Carissa Devine '09 became the 16th LVC student to be recog- 
nized as a Fulbright Scholar and is currently in India doing research on a commune 
( . Her interest grew out of her LVC major in religion and 
philosophy. LVC s student chapter of the American Cancer Society's Colleges Against 
Cancer received three national awards for its work on campus. Finally, the Colleges student chapter of 
Special Olympics was named the 2009 Pennsylvania Special Olympics School of the Year. 

The past year was a successful one in athletics as well. The football team went 9-2 (the most wins 
in program history) and won the ECAC Southwest Bowl. The volleyball team repeated as Common- 
wealth Conference champions and, along with field hockey, returned to the NCAA playoffs. The mens 
and women's tennis teams made their first NCAA appearances, and Jenn Cronin '1 1 became the first 
female cross country runner from LVC to compete in the NCAA National Championships. 


Once again, the softball team was honored by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association as a 
national All-Academic Team. Lebanon Valley was the top finisher in the Commonwealth Conference 
for team grade point average. Finally, the College was recognized with a Diversity in Athletics award 
in the category of Diversity Strategy by the NCAA and the Laboratory for Diversity in Sport at Texas 
A&M University. LVC is one of 1 1 institutions nationwide recognized for an outstanding diversity 
strategy and was the only member of the Middle Atlantic Conferences to receive an award. LVC was 
honored for its proactive diversity strategy in athletics and for recognizing the value of diversity within 
the department. 

I also wish to share my deepest respect and appreciation for those LVC colleagues and friends who 
have died in the past year. Together, they served the College for almost two centuries. I know many of 
you, like me, have fond memories of Dave Evans, former director of career services; Dr. Darwin Glick 
H'09> trustee emeritus; Dr. Diane Iglesias, professor of Spanish; Dr. George Reynolds "Rinso" Marquette '48, 
vice president emeritus of student affairs; Senator James J. Rhoades III P'95, and Walt Smith '61, 
director emeritus of special services and the voice of LVC ice hockey. 

Best Wishes, 

Stephen MacDonald 



A look at surprising career 
paths taken by D/C alumni 

What is great — and sometimes disconcerting — about a liberal arts 
degree is how flexible it is. An ambitious graduate can do just about 
anything with a bachelor s degree. Many choose to follow well-defined 
careers such as medicine or law. Others take an unpaved road into 
careers that surprise even them. 

Take Stephen Scanniello '78. After graduation, the biology major did 
what many young people do with an unplanned summer — found a job on a 
landscaping crew. "I wasn't sure what I was going to do, but I knew I wasn't 
interested in the traditional path of medicine, grad school, etc.," he says. In 
1981, led by his interest in botany, Scanniello accepted a teaching position 
at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and in 1984, became the curator of the 
gardens prestigious Cranford Rose Garden. "I was attracted to the prospect 
of having my own garden," Scanniello says, "but I was terrified. The person 

who retired from this position was world 
Stephen Scanniello 78 renowned and had been there for 30 years. I 

World-renowned Rosarian; knew nothing about roses, so I crammed all I 

Author: A Rose by Any Name ^j j rea d many ] yoo ] j r St went to rose soc iety 


"Any wild animal that was smaller than me 

was destined to be dragged home. 

John Jack"Huhky 73 

Naturalist; TV Host, Wild Moments; 

The Falcomy Experience by the Hotel Hersheg 

meetings, pulled up my boot straps and got dirty." Scan- 
niello left the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in 1998. Now 
a world-renowned rosarian in his own right, he spends 
his time designing rose gardens for private and public 
gardens, writing and lecturing about roses, and serving 
as a judge for international rose trials. In 2009, Algon- 
quin Books published his most recent work, A Rose by 
Any Name: The Little-Known Lore and Deep-Rooted His- 
tory of Rose Names. 

Like Scanniello, Jeremy Brodt '01 majored in biology. 
However, his interests were decidedly damper. Today, 
he s a senior aquarist at the New England Aquarium 
in Boston, a job he loves, though it took a girl — and a 
penguin — to get him there. 

"I've always loved penguins and wanted to work with 
them," Brodt says. "I had applied for an internship with 
penguins at the New England Aquarium during 
the summer after my senior year at LVC, but 
my housing fell through at the last minute so I 
wasn't able to do it." Instead, he went on for a 
master's degree in biology at the University of 
Delaware, thought about pursuing a doctoral 
degree, and started dating a woman who hap- 
pened to be from Boston. "I figured that since I had 
some time to hear from doctoral programs, it might be a 
good time to fulfill my dream of working with penguins, 
so I followed my two loves — the girl and penguins — up 
to Boston," he explains. "I instandy fell in love with 
Boston, married the girl, and ended up with a job that 
I never even previously thought about, but fell in love 
with nonetheless." 

But how did he get from penguins to fish? "I was 
actually interning in the penguin colony area when a 
full-time, temporary position working with fish in the 
galleries opened up," he says. "At that point, I had never 
taken a marine biology class, but I'm always eager to 
learn new things and thought there would be a lot to 
learn, so I signed on." 

Soon enough, Brodt's temporary position became 
permanent. Today, he's responsible for the care and feed- 
ing of various creatures — fish, amphibians, reptiles, and 
invertebrates — in the aquariums exhibits and behind- 
the-scenes holding tanks. He also keeps an eye on their 
interactions; monitors the quality of the water; and 

designs, repairs, and cleans filtration systems. 
"I really end up being part biologist, part vet, 
part plumber, part carpenter, and part gardener," 
he says. Tm fortunate because I get to work with a 
pretty diverse group of animals, from the hulking goliath 
groupers, to the ornately camouflaged sea dragons, to 
the unique mudskippers." 

Brodt recently returned from a trip to the southern 
coast of Australia where he studied the sea dragon. Its 
these kinds of adventures that make his job so enjoyable. 
"I love that I get to do a variety of tasks. I get to interact 
with the animals, work with my hands, problem-solve, 
dive and collect in the field, and constandy learn new 
things," he says. 

For Christina Felly '09 it took a little more time — 
and a chance encounter with an LVC alumna — to 
discover her calling. She started out as a math education 
major at New York University, but after a semester, real- 
ized that path wasn't for her. "I came home and worked 


a huge responsibility, but also one of great personal 
satisfaction. I cant think of anything else I'd rather be 
doing with my life." 

John Boag '80 finds himself in a career that's equally 
unexpected — and just as personally compelling. A 
history major at LVC, Boag figured he'd find work in a 
museum after he graduated. Litde did he know that one 
day he'd essentially be a museum. Boag is the master 
craftsman of the wheelwright shop at Colonial Wil- 
liamsburg in Virginia. He's one of only three people 
on the planet who builds wooden wagon wheels using 
nothing but pre-industrial tools — that means no com- 
puter-aided design, no power saws or sanders . . . and 
no nails. "I spent the summer after my second year at 
LVC interpreting at a water-powered grist mill," Boag 
says. "That got me hooked on pre-industrial technology. 
From there on, I knew what my main interest was." 
Preserving and perpetuating a skill that pretty much no 
one does anymore is deeply meaningful to Boag. "I feel 
entrusted with the preservation of the skills and knowl- 
edge of the trade," he says. 

Christina Petty '09 full time while trying to find 

Veterinary Student something to return to school for," 
University of Glasgow , 

J J * she says. 

Meanwhile, she adopted a puppy, which meant, soon 
enough, a visit to the local veterinarian. "The vet talked 
me through all the procedures and treated my dog like 
she was her own," says Felty. "I was instantly and almost 
inexplicably drawn to this profession. The vet then told 
me she went to Lebanon Valley as an undergraduate." 
Who was this inspirational vet? Dr. Melody Enck '00 
who practices in Lebanon. 

Soon, Felty enrolled at LVC as a biochemistry and 
molecular biology major on track for veterinary 
school. When it came time to apply, Felty found herself 
drawn to vet schools in the United Kingdom, largely 
because she admired their broad-based and hands-on 
approach to teaching. She chose Scotland's Univer- 
sity of Glasgow, in part because its the alma mater of 
veterinarian James Herriot, author of the All Creatures 
Great and Small series. "I can only hope I'm half the 
vet he was!" Felty says. "There's nothing quite like the 
human-animal bond. To play a major role in that is 


Like Boag, David Doll '99 practices a time-honored 
handicraft. He had no idea when he signed on with the 
Martin Guitar Company a couple months after gradu- 
ation that he had stumbled on his dream job. Doll earned 
a degree in trumpet performance from LVC. He spent 
the first months after graduation working at a local 
golf course, and that fall, applied for an opening at 
Martin in Nazareth, Pa. He had dabbled in guitar when 
he was a kid, and had played at a few open mic nights 
at MJ's Coffeehouse while at LVC, but he didn't really 
consider himself a guitar person. Yet something about 
working with the instrument felt familiar. "When I 
was a little kid I used to make guitars 
out of tissue boxes, with paper towel 
tube necks and rubber bands as 
strings," he says. 

David Doll '99 
Custom Repair and Artist 
Relations Technician 
Martin Guitar Company 

"I feel entrusted with 
the preservation of the 
skills and knowledge 
of the trade. " 

John Boag '80 
Master Craftsman 
Colonial Williamsburg 

Doll started out installing frets in guitar fingerboards, 
eventually moving on to stringing and final inspection, 
and finally to his current position as a customer repair 
and artist relations technician. Learning to build 
guitars has differed from taking music lessons. "The 
knowledge is not readily available or taught in a class," 
Doll explains. "Its up to you to grow and learn." 

Working at Martin has inspired Doll to develop his own 
line of electric guitars and to do some performing, too. He 
was voted best acoustic guitarist in the Lehigh Valley in 
2006 and continues to record and perform throughout the 
country on guitar and trumpet. 

Doll feels fortunate to be at Martin. "People travel from 
all over the world to visit the facility," he says. "The feet 
that Fin part of the history and that its helped me build 
on what Fve done since I was 5 years old is, to me, the 
greatest career I could have." 

know much about this museum other than when I was 
in grade school. My sister went on a field trip to The 
Franklin Institute and I didn't," she says. "I was quite 
jealous!" After graduation, Kindt enrolled in the mu- 
seum education program at The University of the Arts 
in Philadelphia. A nearby internship at The Franklin In- 
stitute turned into a full-time position in August 2004. 

"I never get tired of teaching and learning in the 
most interactive ways our creative brains can think of," 
Kindt says. "I've had the opportunity to engage people 
in various science topics from chemistry to anatomy to 
nanotechnology to lightning to trebuchets and cata- 
pults. There truly is never a boring day here. 

"Fm not sure how other people make it through their 
work days without getting to dissect a cows eyeball, make 
a tornado in a bottle, or explode a tiny film canister full 
of water and Alka Seltzer," she adds. "But its all in a 
days work in the museum programs department at The 
Franklin Institute!" 

"When I was a little kid I 
used to make guitars out 
of tissue boxes, with paper 
towel tube necks ana 
rubber bands as strings. * 

David Doll 99 

Custom Repair and Artist Relations Technician 

Martin Guitar Company 

Jessica Kindt '01 is also amazed at her good fortune 
in finding a career. Today, she is a programs manager 
at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, but when 
she declared her biology major at LVC, she expected to 
become a school teacher like so many of her relatives. 
"Teaching runs in the family," she says." She took an 
internship with the youth program at The Whitaker 
Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg. "It was 
there that I fell head-over-heels in love with educating 
in museums," she says. 

But how did she get to The Franklin Institute? It 
wasn't from having been there as a kid. "I actually didn't 

If there's an LVC graduate whose career path has been 
the most circuitous, it may be John R. Morris '59. 
A chemistry major at LVC, Morris went on to earn a 
masters degree from the University of New Hamp- 
shire — in physics. Dr. Jacob "Jake" Rhodes '43, now 
LVC professor emeritus of physics, recruited Morris to 
come back and teach at the Valley, which he did for sev- 
eral years. Today, Morris is a founding partner of the 
Rocky Mountain Hat Company in Bozeman, Mont. 
How he got from point to point is a tale worth telling. 

"I was recruited by General Electric while I was still 
teaching physics at Lebanon Valley," Morris says. He 
moved to Syracuse, N.Y., to take on a project physicist 
position with the company, and after that project ended, 
moved to GE's research lab in Schenectady, N.Y. In 
1978, his marriage ended, and with his children both in 
college in Colorado, Morris decided to move west to be 
closer to them. He worked in different capacities during 
Colorado's oil-and-gas boom in the late '70s and early 
'80s. "It was a pretty uncontrolled but dynamic time," 
he says, "and it was really a lot of fun." In 1983, he 
remarried and moved to Bozeman, where his life took 
on a whole new complexion. 

"From the time I was a kid, one of my hobbies has 
always been bowhunting," says Morris. "At one point 


"Irn not sure how other people make it through their 
wurk days without getting to dissect a cows eyeball, make a 
tornado in a bottle, or explode a tiny film canister full of water 
andAlka Seltzer. " , . „.,.„, 

Jessica Kindt '01 

The Franklin Institute 

"It was completely on-the-job training. I didn't have 
an accounting background or a business background, 

but you can learn to read balance sheets. * 

Michael Scolamiero '81 

Pennsylvania Ballet 

I was looking for a new bow and I couldn't find one I 
liked. So, being a physicist, I designed a bow and built 
it for myself and started hunting with it," he says. "I 
took some record-book animals with it, and pretty 
soon, I built one for my son and some for my friends. 
That led to a business building custom take-down 
recurve hunting bows." Eventually his son joined the 
business, and the two have worked together ever since. 

Then there came a day, Morris says, when he realized 
he needed a new hat. "I wanted a good custom hat 
and I couldn't find one," he says. "I figured out how to 
make one, and after that, I made some for a couple of 
my hunting buddies. Pretty soon people were asking me 
if I could make them hats." 

One hat led to another, and today the Rocky Mountain 
Hat Company designs more than 100 models of high- 
end, custom-made, Western-style hats — "everything 
from fedoras to cowboy-type hats," Morris says, and 
the company is doing quite well, with a nine-month 
backlog of business. 

"After you've built about 10,000 hats, the next 
10,000 aren't that exciting," Morris admits. "But the 
best thing about this business is that probably 90 
percent of my good personal friends are people who 
walked into the hat shop to buy a hat. That's been the 
thing that's really enjoyable about the business. And 
you're making something that's a high-quality product 
that people take pride in wearing." 

If you want an example of dedication, talk to George 
Neill '76. He studied business administration and 
economics at LVC on a scholarship from Griffith 
Laboratories, the global food-product manufacturer 
in Alsip, 111., that had employed his father for decades. 
After graduation, Neill went to work for Griffith, too. 
"My first job was as an assistant foreman in the mixing 
department," he says. "It was a low-end management 
position, probably as low-end as you get." But over 
the years, Neill worked his way up through 10 differ- 
ent positions at Griffith, from night-shift sanitation 
supervisor through manufacturing operations, quality 
improvement, and information technology, to his cur- 
rent position as director of worldwide continuous im- 
provement. "My theory is, if you're reasonably good at 
whatever you do, you generally can be used in a lot of 

different areas," he says. "If you're organized, you have a 
good work ethic, your loyalty is there, your integrity is 
there — you can help out." 

Karen Lewis Schmitt '80 has taken a similarly 
flexible approach to her career. She started out as a 
math major with the intention of one day teaching in 
a high school, until an admissions counselor suggested 
actuarial science might be a better fit. After Schmitt 
enrolled in a few classes, she never looked back. Today, 
Schmitt is president of Maiden Re, a reinsurance 
underwriter in Mt. Laurel, N.J. Her career rise attests 
to Schmitt's adaptability. "I started here as an actuary," 
she says. "I began to pick up other responsibilities over 
the years, and in 2008, 1 was promoted to chief operat- 
ing officer." She was named president of the company 
in 2009. "How do you learn to become president?" she 
asks rhetorically. "You just do all the pieces at one point 
or another in your career." 

"My theory is, if you re 
reasonably good at 
whatever you do, you 
generally can be used in 
a lot of different areas. 


George Neill 76 

Director of Worldwide Continuous Improvement 

Griffith Laboratories 

Being nimble enough to seize opportunities and learn 
on the job also benefitted Michael Scolamiero '81. 
He graduated from LVC thinking he'd become a music 
teacher. Today, he's executive director of the Penn- 
sylvania Ballet in Philadelphia, one of the country's 
largest ballet companies with an annual budget of 
more than $10 million. For Scolamiero, a part-time 
job in graduate school at Penn State opened his eyes 
to his interest in arts management — and being a quick 


study taught him how. "I served as the assistant to the 
conductor of the symphony orchestra at Penn State," he 
says. "In that capacity, I was working in public relations, 
personnel, and administration. I found that I was good 
at it." 

After graduate school, Scolamiero moved to the 
Philadelphia area and volunteered as personnel manager 
for the Haddonfield Symphony in New Jersey. He also 
served as executive director of the West Jersey Chamber 
Music Society in Moorestown, and the Choral Arts 
Society of Philadelphia. He has been with the Pennsyl- 
vania Ballet since 1997. 

"I've always been anti-death 
penalty. . . / can make a 
difference to people society 
has discarded. " 

Taking a broad, multi-disciplinary view of matters is 
crucial to Maria DeLiberato Chamberlin '00 as 
she works to help Florida prison inmates avoid death 
row. At LVC, Chamberlin majored in political science 
and minored in English literature, but knew she was 
ultimately headed for law school. After passing the 
bar exam, she worked at the state attorneys office in 
Miami, Fla., eventually moving on to Tampa's Capital 
Collateral Regional Counsel, which reviews criminal 
cases where the defendant has been sentenced with the 
death penalty. "Essentially were the last line of defense," 
Chamberlin says. "Its our job to look at the whole 
case from the beginning and make sure the lawyers did 
everything they were supposed to do, and make sure the 
prosecutors turned over all the evidence." Chamberlin 
is passionate about her work. "Ive always been anti- 
death penalty," she admits — and she's passionate about 
contributing to her community in a meaningful way. "I 
can make a difference to people society has discarded," 
she says. 

Maria DeLiberato Chamberlin W 


Tampa Capital Collateral Regional Counsel 

"An arts organization typically does not have the 
benefit of having well-organized management that 
really approaches the operations in a practical manner 
and that has a sensitivity to the mission of the organiza- 
tion," Scolamiero says. "With my music background 
and my love of classical music and the arts in general, 
when I sit down with the artistic director, I'm looking 
at trying to make a season work. I'm not just thinking 
about the bottom line. I can really relate to the artistic 
director s needs with respect to challenging the audience 
and challenging the performers." 

But how did he learn to run the business end of 
things? "It was completely on-the-job training," Sco- 
lamiero says. "I didn't have an accounting background 
or a business background, but you can learn to read bal- 
ance sheets. And knowing that, at the end of the day I 
can sit back and watch a performance with an organiza- 
tion of this caliber, its really a great thing." 

Like Chamberlin, George Reiner '86 also evaluates 
the big picture — but on a molecular level. At LVC, 
Reiner studied chemistry. He'd always been interested 
in the field of instrumental analytical chemistry, 
where scientists work out what ingredients, in what 
amounts, make up a given substance. After graduate 
school at Virginia Tech, where he studied explosives 
detection, Reiner was hired by Exxon in the field of 
petroleum analysis. Nine years later, he was recruited 
by International Flavors and Fragrances in New York 
City, which produces flavors and fragrances for clients 
around the world. Today, Reiner is a senior research 
fellow with the company and leads its chromatography 
group, which analyzes plant fragrances and helps the 
company synthesize new flavors and fragrances for 
use in products. For Reiner, the best part of the job is 
solving a chemical puzzle. "You have a problem that 
you're trying to troubleshoot — maybe we're looking at 
plants and we want to know why they smell the way 
they smell," he says. "You end up with all these bits of 
information from the different tests, and you have to 
make sense of them." 


" re making something that's 

a high-quality product that people 
can take pride in wearing. 

Dark Dixon Strait '87 
Ski Professional 
Aspen, Co. 

At LVC, business major 
Charles Beirne '82 threw 
the shot put for the track team 
and captained his football team for two years. After 
graduation, he figured he was destined for a career as an 
accountant. "When I left LVC, I worked in New Jersey 
for the city of Atlantic City in the finance department. 
Then, I became the city manager of Ventnor," Beirne 
says. But, 1 1 years ago, he realized he was ready for 
a change, so he signed on as director of finance for 
SMG Vforld, the world s largest private management 
firm for public facilities, such as convention centers, ex- 
hibition halls, and arenas. Today, he's a regional general 
manager in charge of both the Adantic City Conven- 
tion Center and near by Historic Boardwalk Hall. "Its 
the entertainment business! Every day is different," he 
says. He has overseen the planning and execution of 
diverse events — from the International Power Boat Show 
and the Adantic 10 Mens Basketball Championship, 
to midget car races and concerts by Madonna, Paul 
McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, and more. 

The 19th-century philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer 
once noted that when you look back over your life, it 
can tend to read like a novel with meaningful plots and 
subplots weaving into a whole that feels remarkably, 
well, whole. The career of Lonna Snavely Thomp- 
son *75 is a good example. An English major at LVC, 
she always thought she'd be a teacher — and for a couple 
years, she was. She was teaching a high school English 
class on mass media when she discovered two things. "I 
realized I wasn't designed to be a teacher," she says, "but 
I was passionate about the subject matter." Thompson 
went to graduate school for a masters degree in com- 
munications and got a job as a paralegal at a Washing- 
ton, D.C., law firm that specialized in communications 
issues. That job eventually inspired her to go on to law 
school at Georgetown University. 

After about a decade in private practice doing com- 
munications law, Thompsons life took another turn 
when she and her husband started their family. First, 
they welcomed a set of twins, and then, two years later, 
a third child. Thompson decided to scale back for a few 
years, and took a part-time position with the Associa- 
tion of Public Television Stations (APTS), a nonprofit 
in Arlington, Va., that supports non-commercial televi- 
sion. As her children got older, she transitioned back 
to full-time work with the association, taking on more 
responsibility as her children grew. Today, she's senior 
vice president and general counsel for APTS. 

"I see that what I'm doing now combines all of my 
careers," she says. "It combines my love for teaching 
and education, my love for communication and mass 
media, and my legal training. Its an ideal mix for me 
to be working in a field that really makes a difference, 
. particularly in early childhood education. And it's been 
really fun. I get up every day feeling enthusiastic about 
my work." 

The career of Mary Ellen Hume-Hamor '76 has 
been similarly multifaceted. Now, the LVC psychology 
graduate is a site procurement specialist with Helms- 

Briscoe, a global conference services firm in Scottsdale, 
Ariz. "I help corporate, association, government, and 
nonprofit clients find the best destinations and hotels 
for their meetings, conferences, and special events," 
she says. "My clients are primarily U.S. and Canadian 


organizations, and IVe secured meeting venues on 
their behalf ranging from New York and Los Angeles 
to Barcelona and Bora Bora. Its a pretty good fit for 
someone long interested in people and world cultures, 
Hume-Hamor admits. "Travel and the hospitality 
industry gave me the chance to experience people from 
all walks of life and to see the value in our similarities 
and differences." 

After graduating from LVC, Hume-Hamor mar- 
ried, had a daughter, and ultimately divorced. She then 
moved to New York City and took a job in advertising. 
Eventually, she moved to Aruba to handle sales and 
marketing for a tall ship charter company. That position 
led to work in Southern California, Washington State, 
and New York City in the travel and tourism industry. 
In 2005, she was recruited to work for HelmsBriscoe. 
"I have the wonderful opportunity to work with people 
from all over the world," she says. "My work also allows 
me to concentrate on what I want to do without being 
limited by where I want to live. I can do my job from 
anywhere that has Internet access and cell service." 

today, she runs her own dressmaking business in the 
Lancaster area. Gowns by Karen Chow specializes in 
wedding dress design, construction, and alteration — 
creative work that Chow says she's long done for 
herself. "IVe always sewn and made my own dresses," 
says Chow. "Sewing comes to me naturally; its just 
something I like to do. My grandmother loves to sew 
and quilt, my mother does a lot of crafty stuff, and its 
sort of been passed down to me." 

After graduation, Chow wanted to explore new 
options. "I went out and took some classes, like pat- 
ternmaking and draping," she says. "I opened my own 
business and just went for it. Its going on 1 1 years, and 
going very well. I have a very steady clientele, and I can 

pretty much count on having a certain income every 


Chow finds that her career suits her, if you'll pardon 
the metaphor, like an expertly tailored gown. "This fits 
well into my life," she says. With two small children, 
being able to work from her home is a real bonus. "Its 
something that I feel I was meant to do. I cant imag- 
ine anything else I could do with my life, so I'm glad I 
started it when I was young instead of waiting until I 
was older." 

"Travel and the hospitality 
industry gave me the chance 
to experience people from 
all walks of life and to see 
the value in our similarities 
and differences. y> 

Mary Ellen Hume-Hamor 76 
Site Procurement Specialist 

While some find their calling accidentally and others 
use their educations to move into positions of increas- 
ing responsibility, sometimes a liberal arts graduate s 
career is right in front of them, in the form of a hobby 
or pastime. Karen Moyer Chow *94 came to 
LVC thinking she would go into graphic design. But 

Like Chow, Darla Dixon Strait '87 has developed 
a career that lets her do what she loves while giving 
her the flexibility she needs as the mother of two small 
children. A flute performance major at LVC, today 
Strait is a ski professional in Aspen, Colo. Although 
she grew up skiing from the age of 3, Strait finds that it 
was the one-on-one teaching skills she picked up in her 
myriad flute lessons that have helped her the most on 
the slopes, where she teaches young skiers ages 7 to 17. 
"I'm not the best skier in the world," she says. "They 
actually hired me for my teaching skills. I learned how 
to teach by paying attention to how my teachers taught 
me. You also learn through all those hours of practic- 
ing and listening to yourself and evaluating your own 

After graduating from LVC, Strait went on to earn a 
master s degree in flute performance from Ohio State 
University. But she was having a hard time finding 
enough work performing and teaching, so she moved to 
New York City to look for better-paying opportunities. 


"I got a job at Carnegie Hall working in their press of- 
fice," she says. "I also worked at the Manhattan School 
of Music and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 
all in public relations." This work led to a position in 
2003 as publicity director at the world-renowned Aspen 
Music Festival and School. After she left that position, 
Strait was ready for something different, so she began 
to teach skiing. She also met and married her husband 
in Aspen and now has a 3-year-old daughter and a 
2-month-old son. "I live in one of the most beautiful 
places on the planet," she says, "and I'm never leaving!" 

1 never would have 
guessed that Fd own my 
own business, especially 

Ca hockey store. 
Scott Schilling '03 y 


James Sbarro '82 is also making a living doing 
something he's always loved doing: running his own 
business. Sbarro is president and CEO of Farmland 

Foods, Inc., a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods in Smith- 
field, Va., and one of the country's largest producers 
of pork products. Farmland employs more than 9,300 
people at 13 plants and does more than $3.5 billion in 
annual sales throughout the United States and in more 
than 60 countries. "I always had a dream of owning 
my own business," he says. "I'd grown up in the food 
business, working in a deli currendy owned by my 
brother. What I didn't realize at the time was that little 
deli taught me basic business disciplines that, believe it 
or not, translate into big business. Cash flow, employee » 
relations, inventory management, finance, procure- 
ment, advertising, marketing, operations — these hands- 
on encounters laid a solid foundation for my current 
career." Sbarro majored in business at LVC and later 
earned a masters degree in business administration. 
"I suppose I could be in the widget business, but I've 
always had a passion for food," he says. "The food busi- 
ness is resilient, dynamic, and ever-changing. Everyone 
has to eat!" 

Scott Schilling '03 also found his career through 
extracurricular interests. At LVC, he studied hotel 
management and marketing. But outside of class, Schil- 
ling spent a lot of his time at the Hersheypark Arena as 
a member of the Valleys ice hockey team. He came to 
LVC by way of Wisconsin, where he'd grown up play- 
ing hockey since the age of 3. After graduation, Schil- 
ling's father, who had retired to Florida, suggested that 
his son open a hockey equipment store there. "We did 
some market research, and here we are," says Schilling, 
who opened Gulf Coast Hockey Plus in Estero, Fla., 
in 2005. The shop specializes in ice and in-line hockey 
equipment and supplies, and lacrosse equipment. The 
store is doing so well, Schilling plans to open another 
two stores this year. 

But a hockey store in Florida? "You wouldn't think 
of Florida as a hockey state, but hockey does very well 
here," Schilling says, citing the state's two NHL teams 
and numerous minor league teams. "There are a lot of 
northern transplants here in southern Florida who have 
enjoyed and played hockey all their lives." 

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Still, Schilling is surprised to see himself in this busi- 
ness. "I never would have guessed that I'd own my own 
business, especially a hockey store," he says. He credits 
his father and his wife, Amber Shotwell Schilling *02, 
for encouraging him and helping him get started. 

Schilling never put away his stick after graduating 
from LVC. He recendy returned to Pennsylvania for an 
alumni hockey game in Hersheypark Arena. "We had a 
great turnout," he says. "All the guys have kept in great 
contact with each other through the years." He credits 
the late off-ice coordinator Walt Smith '61 for keep- 
ing the players connected. "For years, he sent monthly 
newsletters about what was happening with ice hockey 
alumni," he says. 

John "Jack" Hubley *73 is another alumnus who 
found a way to fold his earliest love into a career he 
never could have imagined. "I ve been a naturalist 
from the age of 6, when I got my first butterfly net," he 
says. "Any wild animal that was smaller than me was 
destined to be dragged home." Today, Hubley is host 
of Wild Moments, a nature segment airing during the 
evening news on Lancaster's NBC affiliate, WGAL-TV. 

Hubley chose psychology as his major at LVC 
because he thought he could learn a lot about animal 
behavior without getting bogged down in classes like 
chemistry and physics. After graduation, he applied his 
love of the outdoors to a career in journalism, where 
he focused on writing articles about the outdoors. "At 
one point, I had interviewed the program director at 
WGAL regarding the host of Call of the Outdoors? he 
says, describing a locally produced nature program 
the station was airing at the time. "Later the program 
director called and asked me if I wanted to audition to 
host the show." Hubley says he leapt at the opportunity 
despite never having been on television before — and 
he got the job. Since then, he's hosted three different 
outdoor programs for the station, including the long- 
running Wild Moments, which was syndicated on 140 
broadcast stations nationwide between 2000 and 2004. 

Hubley also does wildlife programming in local 
elementary and middle schools, and serves as director 
of The Falconry Experience by the Hotel Hershey, for 
Hershey Entertainment & Resorts. "Ive been a falconer 

James Sbarro "82 for 23 years," he says. "I really 

President and CEO t ove the privi l ege G f being able 

Farmland Foods, Inc. . « c , , .11 

to go into the held with the 

raptors and hunt in partnership with them and watch 

them do what they've evolved to do. 

"The big appeal to me is to bridge that gap between 
man and the wild. That's magical to me," he says. "Do- 
ing what I do with television and in schools, I get to 
share that magic with people and maybe open up the 
world of wildlife to them, particularly the kids." 

Hubley s story — in fact, all of these stories — highlight 
what's exciting about taking a liberal arts approach 
toward education and career. It has something to do 
with opening yourself and preparing yourself to take 
advantage of unexpected opportunities. "Life takes 
you in directions that you have no way of dreaming of 
ahead of time," Hubley says. "Opportunities come up 
that blindside you. You get a phone call from a director 
of an NBC affiliate who asks if you want to try out for 
a television host spot. I never dreamed something like 
that would happen!" 

What's key, he says, is taking advantage of opportuni- 
ties when they arise and being willing to run with them 
wherever they take you. "In the end, you probably wind 
up where you should be — if you're willing to work," he 
says. And as these LVC alumni can attest, that can be a 
pretty surprising — and fascinating — place. 



William Lehr Jr. 

Dr. Edward H. Arnold H'87 

Katherine J. Bishop 

Harry B. Yost '62 

Beth Esler Douglas 

Deborah R. Fullam '81 

James M. Mead 

Vice Chair 
Vice Chair 

Assistant Secretary 
Assistant Treasurer 

2008-2009 Board 

Kristen R. Angstadt 74, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. 

Supervisor of Pupil Services, Capital Area Intermediate 
Unit #15 

Edward H. Arnold H'87 # B.A., LH.D. 

Chairman, Arnold Logistics 

Katherine J. Bishop, B.A., M.S. 

President, Lebanon Seaboard Corporation 

Edward D. Breen, B.S. 

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tyco Electronics 

The Rev. Alfred T. Day III, B.A., M.Div. 

Senior Pastor, Historic St. George's Methodist Church 

Wesley T. Dellinger '75, B.S., CRS, GRI, CSP 

ABR Realtor, Brownstone Real Estate 

Geret P. DePiper '68, B.A. 

Retired Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer, 
CSX World Terminals 

Ronald J. Dmevich, B.S. 

Senior Executive Vice President and Vice Chair of the Board, 
Capital Blue Cross; Retired Chairman and Chief Executive 
Officer, Gannett Fleming, Inc. 

Charles R. Fisher '09 

Student Trustee 

James G. Glasgow '81, B.S. 

Managing Director/Partner, Five Mile Capital Partners, Inc. 

Gary Grieve-Carlson, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. 

Professor of English, Director of General Education Program, LVC 

Robert E. Harbaugh 74, B.A., M.D. 

Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, Penn 
State College of Medicine 

Wendie DiMatteo Holsinger, B.A., M.Ed. 

Chief Executive Officer, A.S.K. Foods, Inc. 

John F. Jurasits Jr. P'03, B.S. 

Retired Vice President, Solution Technologies, Inc. 

F. Obai Kabia 73, P'99, P'00, P'02, B.S., M.P.A. 

Political Affairs Officer, United Nations 

George J. King '68, B.S. 

President/Chief Financial Officer, RWS Energy Services 

Louis B. Laguna, B.S., M.S., M.A., Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Psychology, LVC 

Malcolm L. Lazin '65, B.S., J.D. 

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Equality Forum 

William Lehr Jr., B.B.A., J.D. 

President and Chief Executive Officer, Capital Blue Cross; 
Community Volunteer; Retired Senior Vice President and 
Secretary, Hershey Foods Corp. 

Stephen C. MacDonald, B.A., Ph.D. 

President, LVC 

James M. Mead, B.S., M.A. 

Retired President and Chief Executive Officer, Capital Blue 

Daniel K. Meyer '81, B.A., M.D. 

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Program Director, Division of 
Infectious Diseases, Cooper University Hospital 

John S. Oyler, B.A., J.D. 

Partner, McNees Wallace & Nurick, LLC 

Thomas E. Philips, B.A., M.B.A. 

Retired Senior vice President, Merrill Lynch & Co. 

Lynn G. Phillips '68, B.S., M.S.E., D.Ed. 

Retired Senior Director and Chief Administration Officer, 
Custom Programs, Aresty Institute of Executive Education, 
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania 

George M. Reider Jr. '63, B.S. 

Retired Insurance Executive and Former Insurance 
Commissioner, State of Connecticut 

Stephen H. Roberts '65, B.S. 

President, Echo Data Services, Inc. 

Elliott Robinson, B.S. 

Vice President of Administration, Milton Hershey School 

Elyse Rogers 76, B.A., J.D. 

Partner, Keefer Wood Allen & Rahal, LLP 

Frank R. Sourbeer 72, B.A. 

President & Chief Executive Officer, Wilsbach Distributors, Inc. 

Alan A. Symonette, B.A., J.D. 


Kristen E.U has '10 

Student Trustee 

Scott N. Walck, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. 

Associate Professor of Physics, LVC 

Albertine P. Washington, H'97, B.A., D.P. 

Retired Educator, Lebanon School District 



Samuel A. Willman '67, B.S., M.Com. 

President, Delta Packaging, Inc. 

Harry B. Yost '62, B.S., J.D., LL.M. 

Senior Partner, Appel & Yost, LLP 


Raymond H. Carr, Ph.B., LLB. 

Realtor, Commercial and Industrial Developer 

Ross W. Fasick '55, H'03, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., LH.D. 

Retired Senior Vice President, E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. 

Eugene C Fish H'82, B.S., J.D., LH.D. 

Chairman and President, Peerless Industries, Inc.; Chairman 
of the Board, Eastern Foundry Company; Managing 
Partner, Romeika, Fish and Scheckter 

Eugene R. Geesey '56, B.S. 

Retired, Owner/President, CIB Inc. 

*Darwin G. Glick '58, B.S., H'09 

Retired President, Glick, Stanilla and Siegel, C.P.A. 

Martin L. Giuntz '53, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. 

Retired Vice President, Technical Services, Hershey 
International Division, Hershey Foods Corporation 

Elaine G. Hackman '52, B.A. 

Retired Business Executive 

The Rev. Gerald D. Kauffman '44, H'65, A.B., B.D., D.D. 

Retired Pastor, United Methodist Church; Officer of the 
Courts, County of Cumberland; Pastor Emeritus, Grace 
United Methodist Church 

Kenneth H. Plummer 

Retired President, E.D. Plummer Sons, inc. 

Thomas C. Reinhart '58, H'97, B.S., LH.D. 

Retired Owner/President, T.C.R. Packaging, Inc. 

Bruce R. Rismiller '59, B.A., M.S. 

Retired Executive Vice President, Northwest Airlines 

F. Allen Rutherford Jr. '37, H'85, B.S., LLD. 

Retired Principal, Arthur Young and Company 

The Rev. Daniel L Shearer '38, H'65, A.B., M.S.T., S.T.M., D.D. 

Retired Pastor, United Methodist Church 

Morton Spector H'02 

Design House Kitchens and Appliances, LLC 

Elizabeth K. Weisburger '44, H'89, B.S., Ph.D., D.Sci. 

Retired Chief of Carcinogen Metabolism and Toxicology 
Branch, National Cancer Institute 

Harlan R. Wengert, B.S., M.B.A., D.Sci. 

Retired Chairman of the Board, Wengert's Dairy, Inc. 

*E.D. Williams Jr. H'88 

Private Investor 

The Rev. J. Dennis Williams, H'90, B.A., M.Div., D.Min., 

Retired Pastor, United Methodist Church; Former District 
Superintendent and Dean of Cabinet of the Eastern 
Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church 


Suzanne H. Arnold H'96 

Community Leader and Philanthropist 

Bishop Peggy A. Johnson '75, B.A., M.Div., D.Min. 

Bishop of the Philadelphia Area of The United Methodist 

Bishop Jane Allen Middleton, B.A., M.Div. 

Bishop of the Central PA Conference of The United Methodist 


Editors: Kelly Alsedek, Jasmine Ammons Bucher '97, Lauren 
McCartney Cusick P'08, Meghan Gibson, Dr. Tom Hanrahan, 
Natalie Hope McDonald '97, Cindy Progin '04, Katrina Wells '1 1, 
and Anita Williams 

Writers: Christine Brandt Little, Feature; Lauren McCartney 
Cusick P'08 and Dr. Tom Hanrahan 

Designer: Tom Casta nzo, 

Primo 106 Marketing Communications, Inc. 

Primary Photography: Matthew Lester 
Additional Photography: Robert Boag, Carmen Cortez, 
Ann Cortissoz, Don Hamerman, Linda Kelly, Florence Lee, 
Doug Plummer, and Chip Strait 


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